Apple Q4 2014 financial results

Apple today announced its Q4 2014 or the holiday quarter of 2014's financial results and it blew everyone off the floor with the numbers today. This statement might have be generally true about all Apple's financial results, but this time it literally blew the roof off all analysts' estimates. MacDailyNews has a nice bullet list of the important numbers and point of interest from this conference call, here. Some of the interesting ones are... 

Record quarterly net profit of $18 billion vs. $13.1 billion YOY.
Record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion vs. $57.6 billion YOY ($3.06 per diluted share vs. $2.07 YOY).
Cook: Demand for iPhone has been staggering. Unprecedented demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 34,000 iPhones every hour, 24 hours per day, every day of the quarter (around 75 million iPhones sold in the quarter).
Gross margin 39.9 percent.
Apple Watch to begin shipping in April.
iPhone 6 Plus drove ASPs to $687 and increase of $50 YOY.
Cook: Emerging markets growth in iPhone sales was absolutely stunning, 2X, 3X, 4X or more in BRIC countries.
— MacDailyNews

What is more impressive than almost 46% more iPhones sold this quarter than the same time last year? It is the impressive increase in gross margin, by 2% points to almost 40% (no surprises hereand this is in addition to the increase in ASP for the iPhone by a whopping $50 to $687 when the entire smartphone industry is going the other way (slashing prices for increase market share). And finally, Apple did not have to introduce a significantly lower priced or a "cheaper" iPhone to create an impact in the developing countries, as this quarter of increasing ASPs also saw Apple doubling, tripling or even quadrupling its sales in some of the developing countries! All in all good day for Apple and $AAPL! Also check out the entire transcript of the conference call on SixColors. And by the way the Apple as of today has another record to its armory, 

Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter... Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1 of 2015.
— TechCrunch